LOS ANGELES, CA — The strong word-of-mouth and support for Brown Soup Thing continues to spread throughout the Asian and indie film communities, as the Pacific Media Expo (PMX) will present a special showcase screening and panel for the acclaimed comedy-drama this Saturday, November 7th, for PMX’s 6th annual celebration of Asian entertainment at the LAX Hilton.
While Brown Soup Thing is a story about a Filipino American family, the many fans who champion it are pleased to see the movie expand its audience and fan base.
“Brown Soup Thing is such a wonderful addition to the Pan-Asian programming of Pacific Media Expo,” said an excited Paula Angeles, Director of Marketing and Community Outreach. “This Filipino American movie will not only appeal to Filipinos but also to the multicultural attendees of PMX because it’s a very human story about family.”
The thought-provoking independent film has brought cheers everywhere it has screened, including the Chicago Filipino Film Festival and the Filipino International Film Festival in Los Angeles. Both events reported record festival attendance and strong ticket sales for BST screenings.
“It’s time for Asian Americans to take it to another level in media, and Filipinos are leading the way,” said Korean comedian PK, former resident of the Philippines. “I have a connection with Filipino brothers and sisters. It’s an honor for me to be in a film produced by Edward J. Mallillin and to share the screen with my good friends and talented comedians, Joey Guila and KT Tatara.”
“It’s great when Asian Americans of different backgrounds can work together in a film,” said KT Tatara, whose appearances on Comedy Central have entertained audiences everywhere. “You don’t have to be Filipino to enjoy Brown Soup Thing and I hope this will inspire more Asian American projects.”
Ticket/registration information is available at PMX’s website,http://www.pacificmediaexpo.com. The weekend-long event also features concerts, fashion shows, Anime, and Karaoke, as well as the Asian Food Challenge 2009, a Pocky tasting, and a special visit from the local favorite Kogi truck.
“PMX has something for all people of all backgrounds,” said writer/director Edward J. Mallillin. “Our film is about a family, and everyone can relate to that. We are honored to be part of this popular Los Angeles institution and hope to walk away with more fans of Brown Soup Thing.”
In addition to Tatara and Mallillin, the BST panel prior to its screening will feature several cast members such as Miss Saigonand Hi-5 star Kimee Balmilero, Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien‘s Earl Baylon, Cheryl Noe (The Bold and The Beautiful), and Rona Par (The Flip Side).
While Southern California fans are undoubtedly eager to taste Brown Soup Thing, Nevada fans are also anticipating the Las Vegas premiere on November 14-15 at UNLV. The city expects a record number of Filipinos and Asians in the area, as world champion boxer Manny Pacquiao will be fighting Miguel Cotto the same weekend.
Brown Soup Thing is a comedy-drama about a comfortably disconnected Filipino American family. In order to raise her unacceptable A- average, 10 year-old Lita must submit a video project about what it means to be a Filipino in America. Her upcoming birthday provides the perfect setting to unite everyone: parents who can’t relate to their kids, immigrant sister Fely, the always-guilty over-achiever brother Jude, hip-hop sister Maria, an array of cousins, her grandmother who just wants to cook, and favorite sister Shana, who moved out of the country to get away from everyone.
Brown Soup Thing features 2-dozen special appearances by some of the most recognizable Filipinos and other Asians in the world. Among them: World Boxing Champion Manny Pacquiao, internet star Christine “HappySlip” Gambito, Filipino stars Raymond Bagatsing, Bernardo Bernardo andCora Ugalde Yellen; singers Becca Godinez and Anthony Castelo; and popular Asian-American comedians Paul “PK” Kim and KT Tatara.
Brown Soup Thing’s principal cast includes Kimee Balmilero(Hi-5), Jenilee A. Reyes (Deal or No Deal), Cheryl Noe (The Bold & The Beautiful), comedian Joey Guila (HBO’s P Diddy’s Bad Boys of Comedy), and Rona Par (The Flip Side). BST is also proud to introduce Earl Baylon, Wil Olandria, andSari Arambulo, all starring in their very first feature film.
Mallillin is also the creator and executive producer of the hugely popular internet series Flipped Switch, which will provide fans with exclusive coverage of Brown Soup Thing’s weekend at PMX. Among the many guests who have appeared on the show:Harold and Kumar star John Cho, director Quentin Tarantino, actor Neil Patrick Harris, UFC champion Randy Couture, and Filipino personalities such as Jo Koy, Camille Velasco, andChristine “HappySlip” Gambito.
Brown Soup Thing and Flipped Switch are Malinius productions.
Brown Soup Thing (movie & panel) will be at PMX (Pacific Media Expo) Saturday, November 7th at the LAX Hilton in Los Angeles. The panel starts at 6:00 pm, and the movie starting immediately after, at 7:00 pm. Tickets are available at http://www.pacificmediaexpo.com. Brown Soup Thing also screens at UNLV’s Student Union on November 14-15 (both shows start at 1:00 pm). Tickets are available at Brown Paper Tickets.
Malinius Supervising Producer